Review of how to form "dg": The "dg" sound is actually made up of two different sounds: “d” and “zh”. To form this sound, begin by rounding your lips in a circle. Then, place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth at the back of the ridge, just before the roof of your mouth arches up. Press the sides of your tongue against your upper side teeth in the back of your mouth. Hold your breath and then force your voice through the small groove made by your tongue, producing a friction sound. This is a voiced sound, so you should hear your voice when you say it.
Illustration of correct lip and teeth placement Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following sentences. 1. Why did the magician put the dogs in cages? 2. The edges of the object were sharp. 3. That pigeon flew with great energy. 4. Egypt is the subject of much debate. 5. Many intelligent people don’t believe in magic. 6. He’ll cut the hedges if you increase his wages. 7. Our agency booked our lodging in an expensive hotel. 8. It is urgent that you reject his offer. 9. A soldier lives on a limited budget. 10. The army majorjudges his men.
Practice the following paragraph. Egypt has long been the subject of much debate because of the great pyramids. Many people from around the world travel to this region, both for vacations and research purposes. Travel agencies book lodgings and tours for travelers with varying budgets. Armed soldiers are stationed at many points to protect tourists. They definitely call the shots and prevent many acts of violence within the major cities and at attractions.
Idiom: call the shots Definition: in control of a situation